Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ray of moonlight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ray of light from the moon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ray of light from the moon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ray of moonlight

Etymologies

In Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream 1590. Compound of moon and beam. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That Englishman belongs to a somewhat exclusive group of people who are able to travel what some call the moonbeam roads.

    The Dreamthief's Daughter

  • The heart of a moonbeam is a pretty enough Friendship's-Album expression -- let it pass, though I do think the figure a little strained; but humility has no tint, humility has no complexion, and if it had it could not mantle the earth.

    Christian Science

  • Brown is known to be unorthodox - he earned the moniker "governor moonbeam" during his first stint as governor from 1975 to 1983 - and he urged legislators to "rise above ideology and partisan interest" after taking the oath of office in January.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • I think, "continued he, addressing himself particularly to me," you informed me that the husband of poor Lavinia lies buried in yonder church-yard; and perhaps the very tomb which now glistens by the moonbeam is the one which consecrates his memory!

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance

  • April 23rd, 2010 3: 33 pm ET this is a case of two bad rino's running against an even Worse demorap candidate in Jerry 'moonbeam' Brown ... we in California lose no matter what.

    Poizner attacks Whitman in new TV ad

  • Instead, after a year out, he opted for Scottish giants Rangers, where chairman David Murray promised a "moonbeam" of success.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • "Back in those 'moonbeam' days of the '70s," he said, referring to the nickname he was given as governor, "three percent of California's state general fund went to prisons.

    PE Angels Baseball

  • It's full of cliches and puppy dog/moonbeam tales.

    Shawn Amos: PLAY > SKIP: New Music for Oct. 19

  • Too bad you can't do the same to your ex vp candidate. moonbeam

    McCain drills AARP for backing Medicare cuts

  • A sixteen year old, seeing her, barely, save for the moonbeam glistens from her hands and the length of her legs.

    True Fear

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